Jurgen Klopp revealed his feelings afterLiverpool was paired withFCPorto in the last eight of the Champions League. He felt optimistic, but on the other hand,do not want to underestimate the prospective opponent.
Previously, Liverpool and Porto met in the last sixteen of the 2017-18 Champions League. At that time, Liverpool made it to the next round after slaughtering the Portuguese club aggregately, 5-0.
“What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year.
“The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.
“I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t – it is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game.
“We have a specialist for Porto in our own team in Pep Lijnders being there in the past – and he always speaks with so much respect for that club. We will have plenty of information and that’s what you need before a game, but you still have to play it. Now we know it, let’s prepare.” Klopp said.
After the draw results came out, many indeed thinks Porto as an easy opponent for the Liverpool class. Although Klopp doesn’t want to be arrogant first, he claims to have powerful weapons in his camp.
“We have a specialist for Porto in our own team in Pep Lijnders being there in the past – and he always speaks with so much respect for that club. We will have plenty of information and that’s what you need before a game, but you still have to play it. Now we know it, let’s prepare,”Klopp said again.
Pep Lijnders is one of the assistants who helped Klopp in Liverpool since 2014. Previously, he had served at Porto for seven years and of course that would greatly benefit Liverpool.
Liverpool will host Porto at Anfield in the first leg which will be held on 9 April 2019. After that, the second leg will be hosted by Porto on 16 April 2019.
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